Dodgers Injury Notes: McCarthy, Kazmir, Gutierrez, Hatcher & More


Fans of the Dodgers breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week as Corey Seager‘s injury was not quite as bad as it could have been, allowing the shortstop to avoid the disabled list. Seager returned to the lineup Thursday night in Anaheim and went 0-for-4. He was replaced in the sixth inning by Enrique Hernandez to give him a rest. It was a week ago when Seager first felt tightness in his hamstring after a swing, and he exited that game after two innings. He spent this week testing his hamstring on and off the field, and was said to be available off the bench, although he was never used. Before the injury, he was sporting a .329/.433/.605 slash line with six doubles and five home runs in June alone.

Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was seen in the Dodgers dugout during the Freeway Series in Anaheim. Kazmir, who has been on the DL since late March with a hip issue, had his first rehab start of the year Monday in Rancho Cucamonga, where he allowed a home run to the first batter. He settled in after that, and surrendered four hits through three innings, with no walks and no strikeouts. His last fastball touched 92 MPH on the radar gun. Kazmir threw a bullpen session Thursday under the watchful eye of Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. He is slated to have his next rehab start this coming Sunday in Rancho, where he will go four innings or 60 pitches.

Julio Urias underwent surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder to repair the anterior capsule that was injured on a pitch while he was pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Urias initially felt a ‘tugging’ in his shoulder after throwing two fastballs.  He threw two more innings after that, and woke the next morning feeling stiffness in his arm.  He is expected to miss 12-14 months, essentially delaying his next start until the Spring of 2019. Surgeries on the shoulder have a lower success rate than those on the elbow, like Tommy John surgery. Hopefully Urias’ age will benefit him in his recovery. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil El Attrache.

Monday, starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 10-day disabled list. He is dealing with knee tendinitis, and maybe also a case of the yips. There is no current timetable for his return. McCarthy has played catch, but has yet to resume throwing off the mound.

Franklin Gutierrez was also placed on the DL on Monday, with an ankylosing spondylitis episode. This ailment is described as areas of pain and sensitivity to the lower back, and can also be called “bamboo spine.”  It can also present arthritis, eye problems, and urinary issues, yet is very uncommon among atheletes.  There is also no timetable for his return. In 35 games this season with the Dodgers, he is batting .232 with eight runs, three doubles, one homer and eight RBI.

Adrian Gonzalez remains on the shelf, dealing with a hernaited disk in his back.  He is expected to be out of the Dodgers lineup until at least mid July. It is his second time on the disabled list this season, and has him contemplating retirement if the issue persists. He received an epidural on Monday. It has been the most dismal offensive year of Adrian’s career, with a slash line of .255/.304/.399, one home run, and 23 RBI.

Skipper Dave Roberts announced earlier this week that Andre Ethier will not return until at least September 1, when the rosters are expanded.

Chris Hatcher may be returning soon.  After being placed on the DL with thoratic inflammation in his right throwing arm last Friday, he has played catch, but was still feeling some signs of it. He is expected to return Monday when he is eligible, or shortly thereafter, according to Roberts.



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